RSSAuthor Archive for David Propper

Brewster Man Gets Maximum Sentence on Child Sex Abuse Charges

Brewster Man Gets Maximum Sentence on Child Sex Abuse Charges

A former Brewster bus driver was handed down the maximum sentence allowed by law for two counts of felony sex abuse, according to the Putnam County District Attorney’s office. Michael Cunningham, 68, will be jailed for 14 years followed by five years of post-release supervision, after he was arrested in July 2014 stemming from an […]

GOP Primary Pegged for Patterson Supervisor Seat

GOP Primary Pegged for Patterson Supervisor Seat

Although the Putnam County District Attorney’s race is the main Republican battle residents have been keeping tabs on this summer, one more GOP primary scrum has popped up in the Town of Patterson as town planner Rich Williams is set to take on farm owner and former councilman Joe Capasso for the supervisor’s office. Williams […]

Business Profile: The YogaScape, Carmel

Business Profile: The YogaScape, Carmel

Yoga can be for anyone, even if they might be a tad out of shape or not the most flexible. That’s the message new owner of The YogaScape in Carmel Heather Reiners wants to convey to the community interested in practicing yoga, the Hindu spiritual and ascetic discipline. “You can do yoga no matter who […]

Business Profile: Bear Mountain Coffee Roasters, Mahopac

Business Profile: Bear Mountain Coffee Roasters, Mahopac

The only thing that gets most people out of bed in the morning is the sweet aroma of coffee soon to be sipped as another workday approaches. For Jonathan Baratz, owner of Bear Mountain Coffee Roasters, his job is to help others prepare to take on everyday stresses with a quality cup of joe. He’s […]

Lawmakers Explore Additional Safeguards Concerning Indian Point

Lawmakers Explore Additional Safeguards Concerning Indian Point

With Indian Point Energy Center within shouting distance, Putnam County lawmakers are considering if they need to call upon federal and state officials to require Indian Point’s owner, Entergy, to implement a wide-ranging emergency notification system. Prompted by a neighboring governing body, the county Legislature discussed at a Health Committee meeting last week if it […]

Funds for Police Merger Study Remain Up in the Air

Funds for Police Merger Study Remain Up in the Air

Despite applying for a state grant several months ago, money for a feasible study into a countywide police merger are still in question, with Putnam County and local officials seeking other options to fund the study requested by the Town of Carmel. Deputy County Executive Bruce Walker said in an interview that a possible plan […]

Katz Rethinks Term Limit Vow with State Assembly Seat

Katz Rethinks Term Limit Vow with State Assembly Seat

Six months ago, New York State Assemblyman Steve Katz (R/Mohegan Lake) vowed during his inauguration inside the Putnam County Historic Courthouse that this current term would be his last. But now with former state Senator Greg Ball’s chief of staff Suzi McDonough announcing her interest in the seat, Katz is reconsidering whether he will officially […]

State Lawmakers React to Difficult Legislative Session

State Lawmakers React to Difficult Legislative Session

With two different majority leaders in the New York State Assembly and Senate, Democrats openly in dissent of Governor Andrew Cuomo, and several high stake issues to piece together, this year’s legislative session was eventful as it was combative. The legislative session ended last month, in which two Putnam County freshman state senators wrapped up […]

Mahopac Resident Partners with Charity for Victory Cup

Mahopac Resident Partners with Charity for Victory Cup

Bullied most of his life, Lou Cardillo’s son Charlie never had much self-esteem. Diagnosed with Down syndrome and with deformities on his face, including ears that stuck out, Charlie Cardillo’s peers could be relentless at times, even cruel, calling him names like Dumbo. But after reconstructive surgery was performed on Charlie to pin his ears […]

Business Profile: Super Star Signs and More, Mahopac

Business Profile: Super Star Signs and More, Mahopac

Only 20-years-old, newly minted business owner Nick Luposello is proving his natural knack for creativity and self-motivation easily outweighs how old–or how young he might be. While he can’t buy an alcoholic beverage just yet, Luposello’s talent to create eye-catching signs and stickers has proven all he needs as Super Star Signs and More continues […]

Voters, Not Town Officials, Expected to Determine PV Library’s Funding

Voters, Not Town Officials, Expected to Determine PV Library’s Funding

With hopes of finally pushing the Putnam Valley Library into the 21st century, the library’s Board of Trustees is proposing the library’s budget goes straight to the voters this November, allowing them to make a spending plan determination instead of the town board. Library board members and volunteers are gearing up to start collecting petitions […]

‘Pied Piper of Cold Spring’ Silenced by Village Board

‘Pied Piper of Cold Spring’ Silenced by Village Board

By Janine Bowen A Westchester musician is still trying to share his music with the people of Cold Spring after the town forced him to stop playing earlier this spring. Matt Miller, 66, had been playing his guitar in Dockside Park for quite some time before he was found to be in violation of town […]

Lawsuit Filed Against Southeast to Stop Crossroads 312 Project

Lawsuit Filed Against Southeast to Stop Crossroads 312 Project

The Crossroads 312 proposed project was controversial before a zoning change was granted last February, and it appears that strife will continue to linger as a lawsuit has been filed in connection to the rezoning. Four residents filed an Article 78 lawsuit against the Town of Southeast, as well as Crossroads 312 LLC, JPH Development […]

Brewster Music Students Air Grievances Over Department Restructuring

Brewster Music Students Air Grievances Over Department Restructuring

Students and parents involved in the Brewster school district’s music department voiced angst and apprehension over the way district officials plan on replacing a music instructor taking a leave of absence, during a June 9 school board meeting. Several students, current and former, as well as a handful of parents questioned if the district is […]

Business Profile: Sclafani Oil and Propane, Mahopac

Business Profile: Sclafani Oil and Propane, Mahopac

On roadways all throughout Putnam County, the sight of Sclafani Oil and Propane trucks is a familiar one dating back to when oil prices were dramatically cheaper. Covering a 42-mile radius, Sclafani, owned and operated by Maureen and Jerry Sclafani, offers its services to northern Westchester County, all of Putnam County, and southern Dutchess County, […]

Stateline Whalers, Pro Hockey Squad, Welcomed to Putnam

Stateline Whalers, Pro Hockey Squad, Welcomed to Putnam

Danbury’s loss became Brewster’s gain last week when a professional hockey team announced its intention to use Brewster Ice Arena for at least the next five years, giving Putnam County a professional sports team to boast and attract visitors from the region. Owner of the new Brewster-based team Barry Soskin, general manager Herm Sorcher, Brewster […]

Stiebeling’s Lawsuit Against County, Odell Dismissed

Stiebeling’s Lawsuit Against County, Odell Dismissed

A lawsuit filed by former Putnam County Bureau of Emergency Services Commissioner Adam Stiebeling was dismissed, finally closing a chapter that sent the emergency services community into further turmoil since the start of the New Year when Stiebeling lost his job. Putnam County State Supreme Court Justice Victor Grossman rendered the decision on June 3 […]

Republican Emerges as Possible Candidate for Assembly Seat

Republican Emerges as Possible Candidate for Assembly Seat

With Steve Katz most likely not running again for New York State Assembly because of a self-imposed term limit, one Republican has already come forward to express interest in running for his seat. Town of Carmel Councilwoman Suzi McDonough announced the creation of an exploratory committee for the 94th Assembly seat, one that could be […]

Democrat to Challenge Castellano for Leg. 7 Seat

Democrat to Challenge Castellano for Leg. 7 Seat

A Democrat has stepped forward to challenge Legislator Joe Castellano in his bid for reelection as the District 7 seat has suddenly turned into a contested race. John Riley, a 22-year Southeast resident, confirmed in an interview Monday his intentions to run for the legislative seat, in hopes of making a Democratic dent in an […]

Business Profile: Empire Performance Physical Therapy, Carmel

Business Profile: Empire Performance Physical Therapy, Carmel

When Tony Tanzi was an athlete growing up in Mahopac, anytime he suffered a injury, usually a minor one, he looked forward to going to his physical therapists, knowing it was one step closer to getting back on the playing field. Now, Tanzi wants to provide that same service to injured athletes looking to recover […]

PV School Board Appoints New Principal, Athletic Director

PV School Board Appoints New Principal, Athletic Director

By Janine Bowen The Putnam Valley Board of Education has appointed a new high school principal, who will begin work at the start of the new school year in September. Current principal, Vincent Burruano announced his retirement in April and on Thursday night; Sandra Intrieri was selected to fill the position at an annual salary […]

New Program at Putnam Hospital Center Helps Smokers Quit

New Program at Putnam Hospital Center Helps Smokers Quit

Putnam Hospital Center recently implemented the Opt-to- Quit program to assist patients who wish to stop smoking. The program is developed by the Roswell Park Cancer Institute and facilitated by the New York State Quitline Service. At Putnam Hospital Center, both inpatients and outpatients are asked if they smoke as part of a routine nursing […]

Jamie Martinez stands inside Cold Spring Pet Supply, which is owned by her and her husband Ray. DAVID PROPPER PHOTO

Business Profile: Cold Spring Pet Supply, Cold Spring

Instead of tracking down a new pet store to buy all their pet items, Jamie and Ray Martinez decided to open up their own place instead. Before the Martinez couple opened Cold Spring Pet Supply, they used to go to the same location to buy all their pet needs. But with Reigning Cats and Dogs […]

Two Democrats Join Fleming, Run for Kent Town Board

Two Democrats Join Fleming, Run for Kent Town Board

By Neal Rentz Two Democrats, Nancy Sorbella and Dale Cusack, said last week they were running for the Kent Town Board. Sorbella has lived in town for more than 25 years with her family “This is my first time running for elected office but I have always been involved in my community,” she said. “I […]

Republican Emerges as Possible Candidate for Assembly Seat

Republican Emerges as Possible Candidate for Assembly Seat

With Steve Katz most likely not running again for New York State Assembly because of a self-imposed term limit, one Republican has already come forward to express interest in running for his seat. Town of Carmel Councilwoman Suzi McDonough announced the creation of an exploratory committee for the 94th Assembly seat, one that could be […]

County Officials Look to Fill Gaps in Mental Health Services

County Officials Look to Fill Gaps in Mental Health Services

By Janine Bowen Putnam County health officials and medical providers are working to address deficiencies in the county’s mental health services, specifically in the areas of chemical dependencies and developmental disabilities. During a public hearing on Wednesday night, led by Commissioner of the Department of Mental Health, Social Services, and Youth Bureau, Michael Piazza, a […]

Mahopac Public Library Board of Trustees Preview

Mahopac Public Library Board of Trustees Preview

With four candidates running for three open seats on the Mahopac Public Library Board of Trustees, below is a preview of the four residents vying for office. The board and budget vote will take place June 2, 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the library. Anthony Battista- Incumbent As someone who’s involved in operations and […]

Business Profile: Cakes By Angela, Brewster

Business Profile: Cakes By Angela, Brewster

Several years ago, the extent of Angela Maass’ interest in baking and dessert decorating was watching shows on television about it like Cake Boss. But when someone she knew needed a birthday cake, the crafty and creative Maass gave it a try and baked and dressed up a “not so bad” cake. She’s been doing […]

Incumbent Legislators Endorsed by Putnam GOP Committee

Incumbent Legislators Endorsed by Putnam GOP Committee

A trio of incumbent Putnam County legislators officially received the Republican nomination last Wednesday as the three begin their campaigns for a second term in office. Legislators Barbara Scuccimarra, Ginny Nacerino, and Joe Castellano, who have all served the past three years, receive backing from the county Republican Committee during its annual GOP convention. Scuccimarra […]

As Campaigns Heat Up, Levy Gets GOP Nod Over Tendy for DA

As Campaigns Heat Up, Levy Gets GOP Nod Over Tendy for DA

In the only primary showdown that should yield a red-hot summer of campaigning, Putnam County District Attorney Adam Levy received the endorsement of the county’s Republican Committee Wednesday night at the party’s annual convention. Levy, a two-term office holder, emerged the Republican nominee over challenger Bob Tendy, the Putnam Valley Supervisor and a criminal defense […]